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Africa's longest-serving leader, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was set to extend his 36-year-hold on power Sunday as the tiny oil-rich nation of Equatorial Guinea went to the polls.
 
Arrests in Egypt ahead of protests against president
Egyptian security forces have rounded up dozens of activists, journalists, and lawyers ahead of demonstrations called for April 25 against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's policies, including the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, lawyers and witnesses said Friday.
 
Chad's veteran leader Idriss Deby has won a fifth term in office, the national electoral commission announced Thursday, extending his 26 years in power, as the opposition alleged widespread fraud.
 
An appeals court in the west African state of Mauritania has upheld the death sentence of a blogger accused of blasphemy, a judicial source told AFP on Thursday.
 
1 of world's oldest libraries turns a new page
The settling dust from renovations and the banging of tools aren't ideal sights and sounds for a library -- but this is no ordinary library.
 
UN back in Libya as unity gov't asserts its authority
The United Nations said its staff had returned to Tripoli and Libya's unity government vowed further steps to assert its authority Sunday, on the eve of a crucial confidence vote.
 
Risking all to reach Europe: a migrant's story
Selam hoped that escaping from Eritrea into Sudan would be the first step toward a better life for her unborn child, away from military service and dire economic prospects.
 
Armed men from South Sudan have killed around 140 people and kidnapped a number of others in a cross-border raid into Ethiopia, the Ethiopian government said Sunday.
 
CNN video appears to show some kidnapped Chibok girls still alive
Hundreds of people marched in Nigeria's main cities on Thursday to demand the safe return of girls who were abducted by Boko Haram extremists two years ago from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok.
 
Demonstrators in Zimbabwe held the largest protest against President Robert Mugabe in nearly a decade on Thursday, marching through central Harare demanding that the "tired" leader make a "dignified exit."
 
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